First time in Chicago!

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    Jan 21, 2013 4:04 PM GMT
    I'll be heading to Chicago Feb 1-4 to see the Hamburg Ballet. Since this will be my first visit to the windy city, I wondered if anyone had any suggestions on where to stay, sights to see or restaurants to gain lots of pounds at? Any suggestions or info would be much appreciated! Jose
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    Jan 21, 2013 6:02 PM GMT
    I just came back from Chicago last friday. Four points hotel is great place to stay IMO even if you have a late check in you may be able to get in early. (my check in was 3pm yet the room was ready when we got there 9am )

    skydeck is a good place where you can see the city from all different angles if you're not afraid of heights. (104 floors up)

    Millennium park is also a nice place. You can ice skate in the afternoon and the mirror is a great sight. You can see yourself from all different angles. It sounds lame but it's interesting up close icon_wink.gif

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    also I would recommend checking out events on craigslist/facebook/meetup to see what the locals are up to as well. It's pretty easy to blend in
  • MarvelBoy23

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    Jan 21, 2013 9:13 PM GMT
    If you come here looking for food, you are in one of the best places to please your pallet. For Pizza you want Lou Malnati's or Father and Son's pizza (Giordano's, Gino's East and Uno's are runners up)

    If you like Cuban, 90 Mile is incredible. El Prado in Maywood (not in the city but just west) is the best cuban food you will EVER EVER have. This man is off the boat and he's as old as dirt, he makes the best Yuca, Croquettas and Palomilla you will ever put in your mouth.

    I'm sorry I can't give you a things to do list. We just hit our "real" winter and it got incredibly cold this week. So I tend to stay inside at this time. But, we have some of the best museums in the nation. And it you are into astronomy, I highly recommend checking out the Adler Planetarium for some great shows and the like!
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    Jan 21, 2013 9:51 PM GMT
    Thanks for the suggestions guys! I thought about the Palmer House or Westin River North but not certain yet. There's an older hotel called the Tremont but the reviews seemed mixed on it (I don't mind older hotels as long as they are clean and close to transportation). I love pizza so definitely checking out Lou M's.
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    Jan 21, 2013 9:58 PM GMT
    I went to lou's . The deep dish pizza was good but apparently not what my Bf (big on food service) expected but the customer service was awesome. Maybe it was just chance but every store, or restaurant i've gone to, I had some funny/pleasant interactions with the people there

    but it is pretty dead out there to a degree. When I first got there I saw people bundled up as if we were in -20 degree weather. It's not as cold as I expected it to be but I may just be hot blooded lol
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    Jan 21, 2013 10:00 PM GMT
    tmac saidI went to lou's . The deep dish pizza was good but apparently not what my Bf (big on food service) expected but the customer service was awesome. Maybe it was just chance but every store, or restaurant i've gone to, I had some funny/pleasant interactions with the people there

    but it is pretty dead out there to a degree. When I first got there I saw people bundled up as if we were in -20 degree weather. It's not as cold as I expected it to be but I may just be hot blooded lol



    It just got REALLY cold yesterday. You came during a good January week! Tonight it's suppose to be 3 and negative 20 with the wind chill... It's cooooold. But it is what it is, I still live here....
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    Jan 21, 2013 10:01 PM GMT
    The Whitehall Hotel is nice, it had a scandal there this past summer but I don't thnk it seriously dented the reputation or their service.

    I was at the Westin on Chestnut for a few days in Decmeber, not really impressed by it.

    Ditka's Restaurant is a great place to eat. Huge thich pork chops!

    If you like Italian, Buca di Beppo (spelling?) has tons of food for a great price.

    Breakfast -- West Egg Cafe on Fairbanks Ct.

    The museums are great, they just raised their admission price and some now have a special out of state resident higher cost, so be careful there. The Adler Planetarium is one of my favorites!

    Pizza -- I would rank Giordano's thin crust as #1.

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    Jan 21, 2013 10:04 PM GMT
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    tmac saidI went to lou's . The deep dish pizza was good but apparently not what my Bf (big on food service) expected but the customer service was awesome. Maybe it was just chance but every store, or restaurant i've gone to, I had some funny/pleasant interactions with the people there

    but it is pretty dead out there to a degree. When I first got there I saw people bundled up as if we were in -20 degree weather. It's not as cold as I expected it to be but I may just be hot blooded lol



    It just got REALLY cold yesterday. You came during a good January week! Tonight it's suppose to be 3 and negative 20 with the wind chill... It's cooooold. But it is what it is, I still live here....


    lol yeah it got a little chilly in NYC too. i'm one of the unfortunate people to live right by the water (coney island) but i'm glad that I managed to come during a warmer week.. feel bad for the current visitors lol
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    Jan 21, 2013 10:41 PM GMT
    Did you say negative 20? Oh Jesus!!!! I'm coming from 75 degree weather....this should be interesting. lol
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    Jan 21, 2013 10:50 PM GMT
    Do the architecture boat tour at night. Prepare to be romanced by the city...
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    Jan 21, 2013 10:58 PM GMT
    February 1st can't come fast enough. Thanks for the architecture boat tour tip. It sounds like something I would love.
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    Jan 21, 2013 11:01 PM GMT
    You can also buy a CityPass booklet that includes admission to all the major museums and such. Definitely cost effective if you like that stuff.
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    Jan 21, 2013 11:02 PM GMT
    rugbyguyfl saidFebruary 1st can't come fast enough. Thanks for the architecture boat tour tip. It sounds like something I would love.

    Oh, it was wonderful - I did it at night and the day; and the beauty and history of the city came alive for me. I also went to the Art Museum and got lost in the magic of that place for almost an entire day! The guys in Chicago are amazing. I went to Boys Town, didn't know anybody, and had one of the best times EVER! I still keep in contact with some of the guys I met that night. If I was to go back, I'd want to see Second City and some of the theater shows. And maybe some of the suburbs outside the Loop.
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    Jan 21, 2013 11:41 PM GMT
    tmac saidI just came back from Chicago last friday. Four points hotel is great place to stay IMO even if you have a late check in you may be able to get in early. (my check in was 3pm yet the room was ready when we got there 9am )

    skydeck is a good place where you can see the city from all different angles if you're not afraid of heights. (104 floors up)

    Millennium park is also a nice place. You can ice skate in the afternoon and the mirror is a great sight. You can see yourself from all different angles. It sounds lame but it's interesting up close icon_wink.gif

    also I would recommend checking out events on craigslist/facebook/meetup to see what the locals are up to as well. It's pretty easy to blend in


    I would suggest if you want to eat in the clouds, check out the signature room in the John Hancock tower. Its a little more on the pricier side, but the views are amazing without the tourist crowds.

    And if you want pizza, you have to do deep dish. you can get thin crust anywhere, but we are known for our deep dish pizza.
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    Jan 22, 2013 6:30 PM GMT
    I think I may have to plan a revisit in the summer or fall to enjoy the season colors. We don't mind walking (we walk all over when we're on holiday in Europe) so I'm definitely up for visiting the places mentioned above.
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    Jan 22, 2013 6:49 PM GMT
    If you want to stay at an interesting, Continental-boutique type hotel located near Boystown, check out The Willows on Surf and Broadway. Great value and service. Wherever you stay, don't forget Priceline, which has always served me well, and don't be afraid to bid early, often and low - just like voting in Chicago! Give Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder Co., located several blocks south on Clark a try, and see if it doesn't change your mind about Chicago-style deep dish pizza. Try any of the Polish buffets near Midway airport if that appeals to you, or some of the several German Bierstuben on Irving Park Rd. A few hours spent browsing Chicago on Yelp will be worth it. Definitely go to the Field, Science & Industry, and Historical Society Museums, and the Art Institute, Adler Planetarium and the adjoining Acquarium. Try to catch a performance of the world-class Chicago Symp. Orchestra; they sound just as magnificent at Friday matinees as they do at other times, and seats are more affordable and available. Try to do w/o a car in the city, though; parking is extortionate and the El and taxis can get you where you need to be quickly and cheaply; not so much for the buses, except for the free shuttles along Michigan Avenue, which is always worth a stroll. You'll have a great time in the town I grew up near, and maybe you'll even luck out and hit a spell of warm weather, which is known to happen during that time of year. Have a great time!